Not only can you trim by a certain amount of already established frames, you can also customize how many frames you can trim off a clip. This can be done by typing in the number of frames you want to cut from the keyboard or numerical pad of your computer. Author Nick Harauz demonstrates how to use numerical trimming in Apple Final Cut Pro X.
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- Along with trimming by a certain amount of frames, we can numerically trim edit points by entering values with our numerical keypad or keyboard. Let's see how we an apply this when we trim in our projects. So, I went ahead to my 2.6 keyword collection and I'm going to double-click my project to open it. So, we learned a couple shortcuts, last movie. I'm going to just have my playhead here. I'm actually going to hit the Apostrophe key to move to the next edit point, Apostrophe again to move to the next edit point and I'm going to hit the Left Square Bracket in order to select the Out Point of the outgoing clip.
Now, besides being able to use those comma and period keys to either trim by one frame or eight frame increments, we could actually do numerical trimming by specific values. So, on my laptop I'm going to hit Minus right now and just to show you that this field lit up. I can enter an amount, so I'm going to enter in 20. And, notice right now that I've actually trimmed off 20 frames of my clip. If I, with this still selected, go Shift + Equals to enter or add frames to the Out Point of this clip, I'll enter 20 again.
And, notice how that clip becomes extended. Let me just show you how the exact same thing works when we have the In Point of a clip selected. So, the In Point of the clip is selected, that was with the Right Square Bracket. I'm going to hit minus 20 and, in this case, I'm actually adding frames to this clip, so I'm just going to hit Command + Minus and actually go back in, Right Square Bracket. So, I'm just going to go minus 10. Notice that I've actually added 10 frames to that clip, or up to the point where there were handles.
We're gonna hit Command + Z to undo, Right Square Bracket, and this time, I'm going to hit Shift + Equals + 20 and then, what it's going to do, it's basically going to trim off 20 frames from that clip. So, it works in the exact opposite than it did when we had the Out Point of the clip selected. Just to see that in terms of a roll edit, I'll go into Roll mode, by hitting the Backslash key and this time I want to hit Shift + Equals + 30 to extend, basically roll this edit 30 frames to the right.
See that move, Command + Z to undo. So, all of these operations that we've been doing, so, being able to enter into the Ripple Trim modes as well as the Roll, we can use our Comma and Period keys to move in small increments or enter numerical values to move it by a certain amount of seconds or a specific amount of frames.
Join Nick Harauz as he demonstrates advanced techniques for shortening clips, trimming video, and selecting ranges on clips. He shows you how to extend edits, deal with connected clips, compare cuts, use dynamic trimming, and more. Along the way, he includes shortcut commands, so you can expedite your workflow, driving all your editing from the keyboard. To ensure you're ready to use his tips in the real-world, he wraps up the course by going through two examples, cutting dialogue and cutting documentary footage in the timeline.
- Extending edits
- Splitting edits
- Lifting clips
- Comparing cuts
- Working with video from multiple cameras
- Overlapping footage
- Moving between edit points
- Trimming numerically
- Trimming dynamically
- Using the Precision Editor